The Daily Deal - Vol.5
DAY FIVE – IT’S RAINING RELAYS
• SWIMMING FOR THE WEEKEND...
Saturday was primed for a host of fast swimming with five-time champ Rachel Anderson going in the 400 free; the boys in the 50 Free and 200 IM and then the girls hitting the water for the 50 Back and the 200IM. The seniors were also ready for their 4 x 100 Freestyle relay, always a highlight of a busy week.
• First up was Rachel in her the 400 Free. After a stellar meet so far, Rach swam a solid race, recording a nearly even split time to place well into the final.
• Will Ellington, Evan Jones, Calvin Fry and Jakob Goodman went next in the 200 IM, looking to carry on their succesful campaigns. Evan swam a technically impressive race in his first Millfield British summer nationals appearance. Calvin, Will and Jakob all swam solid races to qualify in good stead for their respective finals.
• Lily and Sophia then went hard on the 200 IM in a battle to make a tough final. Great swims from both girls secured spots in this evenings session.
• The sprint life crew was out in force today. Sean Tsai, Stan, Huw, Hamish and Louis all hit the water with a purpose in the 50 Free. All of them showed the speed and connection with the water than lends them well to 50’s and Stan, Huw, Hamish and Louis all secured places in the evening swims.
• The girls were up in the 50 back next. Astrid, Tati, Gemma, Izzy, Yasmine, Polly and Emma were all competing for a place in the evening festivities and all swam with a purpose and drive. We will see Tati, Astrid, Yasmine and Emma in the finals tonight.
• The relays were the final event of the morning, as we saw our seniors contending for a place in a very competitive final session. The boys went first; with Kieran, Santos, Hamish and Jakob aiming to secure a good place in the finals with their swims. After a storming first leg by the Birdman, the other three boys swam valiantly to go into the finals ranked 3rd. The girls swam a tremendous race, repping the Millfield windmill with pride. Emma, Sophia, Imara and Izzy swam great races but just finished outside the final 10.
DAY FIVE – RELAY RELAY FUN
• BRING IT ON...
Day five finals were here!! All the finalists were pumped for the intense competition of the evening session. The 400 Free was up for grabs, all the 50’s were going to be hotly contested races, not to mention the 200 IM and the relay to close out the evening!
• The 400 was a chance for the on-form Rachel Anderson to further add to her medal count and she didn’t disappoint. After an evenly swam heat, Rach took the final out faster and came back strong to swim away from the field in the final 50. With her individual races now over, Rachel will be looking to help her teammates to relay success tomorrow.
• A test of skill and speed was up next, with Calvin, Jakob and Will taking flight in the 200 IM. All 3 have had a heavy load of racing this week; this didn’t stop Calvin from producing a fantastic back end attack, resulting in new best time by 2 secs and another 4th place finish. Will dropped another chunk of time to hit a new personal best and Jakob powered his way through the final showing amazing guts and toughness to finish in 8th.
• Sophia and Lily were up next in a tightly contested battle in the 200 IM. Both girls showcased different strengths and strategy through the race, with Sophia utilising her front-end speed and Lily coming back strong on the breaststroke. In a great last 50, Sophia swam to a great 5th place with Lily close behind.
• We then turn our attention to the fastest men in the pool; the 50m freestylers. Three Millfield swimmers stepped up to the ocassion, all shaving time off their morning heat swims. Stan’s first final of the week did not disappoint, as he sped through the 50 to hit a life time best. Huw competed in a closely contested final to grab his second medal of the week taking bronze and Hamish swam well in his first final of the meet in a tough field, clocking a seasons best time.
• It was the turn of the girls to show their speed in the 50m backstroke. A beautifully smooth swim with great stroke rate control meant that Astrid dropped again to set another personal best. As defending Champion; Tati shook off any pressure and looked wonderfully relaxed, to swim just outside of her PB. Yaz also overcame any final nerves to control her opening stroke rate and hold her speed; leading to a new best time and 5th place in the 15yrs age group. Harv was awesome once again, as she smashed through yet another school record on the 50 back; just finishing outside the medals.
• In one of the most exciting finishes of today’s finals; the Mens 4x100m freestyle relay was an event not to be missed. Keiran, Jakob, Santos and Louis; the awsome foursome, swiftly moved through the pack to gain an impressive 2nd place finish. It is always amazing to see a team of school aged young men take on the nation and come away as one of the top teams in the country.
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